MPs called to ensure Portsmouth gets fair deal in chancellor’s summer budget

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MPs are being called on to ensure Portsmouth gets a fair deal in the government’s summer budget.

The chancellor will unveil spending commitments and extra measures to reduce the national deficit in parliament on Wednesday.

Ahead of George Osborne’s speech, city Lib Dem leader Gerald Vernon-Jackson has written to Portsmouth’s MPs urging them to make sure city services and residents get more help.

In his letter to Penny Mordaunt and Flick Drummond, Cllr Vernon-Jackson said there were five priorities that needed addressing; the NHS, support for families on low incomes, police budgets, education and the Royal Navy.

On education he said: ‘Cuts to maintenance grants to students from the poorest families in Portsmouth and to further education colleges, will hurt those who can bring their families out of poverty, and bring the country highly skilled workers that this country desperately needs.

‘Cuts here will hurt our economy and mean that the UK will have to import more workers from abroad to fill these skilled jobs.’

He said defence was an ‘essential part of the economy of Portsmouth’ and further cuts will be ‘bad for Britain’.